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Bid made on Mexican president’s B787 Dreamliner

written by Hannah Dowling | July 28, 2020

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

A bid has been made on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s presidential jet, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which he has been hoping to sell for the best part of two years.

Since shortly after his election, President López Obrador has attempted to offload the plane, which he describes as a symbol of corruption and government excess.

President López Obrador said on Monday that the government has now received an offer on the opulent plane although gave no indication of who the offer is from.

The offer is also in the form of half cash, and half medical supplies and equipment.

“I hope that in a few days the sale of the plane will be resolved,” President López Obrador said.

The prospective buyer has already made a deposit of $1 million on the plane, however the Mexican President noted that the government is also examining a second offer from another interested party.

The custom-fitted Boeing 787 Dreamliner was purchased in 2012, by President López Obrador’s predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto. 


The current President has criticised the purchase as excessive, and has been trying to sell off the plane, and use the proceeds to fund Mexico’s public hospitals.

In February, President López Obrador attempted to raffle off the plane within Mexico, however struggled to do so considering the plane’s luxurious layout. 

The Dreamliner has been configured to sit just 80 passengers, with an oversized presidential suite.

Spectators also believe the sale has been constrained in part by the President’s unwillingness to accept offers below a United Nations-backed valuation on the plane of $130 million.


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